Paxton draws line between antique cars and junkers

Paxton draws line between antique cars and junkers

PAXTON — Council members amended its inoperable vehicle ordinance to state that antique vehicles must run.

Aldermen wanted to distinguish between an antique car and an older junker that sits in the weeds and never moves.

Police Chief Bob Bane said the amendment will help in his work to police unkempt properties and abandoned cars. "We want to keep our town clean," Bane said.

He said he is just now completing his spring survey of such properties and will begin another round in the fall.

Also, the council approved the low bid by Iroquois Paving for street repair to be paid with motor fuel tax money. The bid — $200,300 — was $55,000 less than the only other one received and $28,000 below the engineer's estimate.

Street Superintendent Randy Swan said that price will allow for additional repairs where Cherry and West Pine streets meet. The contractor is currently working on a state project to redo Route 9, where it winds through town and runs on U.S. Route 45. The company also paved a badly degraded section of the city's Market St. Swan was initially told that would be covered by the state but because of cost overruns on the total project, the city will pay $11,000 for that stretch out of the general fund.

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